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Guide to the Tamiment Playhouse Photographs PHOTOS 041

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
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New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Mary Allison Farley, 1988; Erika Gottfried, 2003

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 11, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tamiment Playhouse
Source - dnr: Kolatch, Myron
Title: Tamiment Playhouse Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1920s-1987, (Bulk 1930s-1950s)
Dates [bulk]: 1930-1959
Abstract: The Tamiment Playhouse, located in Bushkill, Pennsylvania, was a prominent incubator of and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television in the mid-twentieth century, particularly for comedy. It nurtured many performers who later became famous, such as Danny Kaye, Carol Burnett, and Woody Allen. Much of the copious original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage, Broadway, and television. The Playhouse was part of Camp Tamiment, a summer resort for socialists and their families that opened in 1921. It began offering professional theatrical productions by the early 1930s, and closed after the season of 1960, victim of changes in the resort industry, trends and tastes in popular entertainment, and the gradual demise of Camp Tamiment itself.
Quantity: 7.5 Linear Feet in 5 oversized flat boxes and one record carton.
Quantity: (b&w ; 8x 10 in.)
Call Phrase: PHOTOS 041

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Tamiment Playhouse, located in Bushkill, Pennsylvania, in the Pocono Mountains, was a prominent incubator of and a major creative outlet for theater, dance, film, and television in the mid-twentieth century, particularly for comedy. Actors such as Danny Kaye, Bea Arthur, Imogene Coca, Dick Shawn, and Carol Burnett, directors Max L. Liebman, Herb Ross, and Joe Layton, choreographers and dancers like Jerome Robbins, and Anita Alvarez, and writers Woody Allen and Neil Simon are a small sampling of the major entertainment figures nurtured at Camp Tamiment. The Playhouse was celebrated for its vibrant weekly original revues, filled with original music, songs, dances, and sketches. Much of this original material performed at Tamiment found its way to the professional stage, Broadway, and finally, television. "Your Show of Shows," one of the best-known programs of television's "Golden Age," had its origins in Tamiment productions.

The Playhouse had its home at Camp Tamiment, which began as a summer resort for socialists and their families. Less than two years after the Camp opened in 1921, campers and staff began to stage amateur theatricals, and a social hall for performances was built. By the early 1930s the Camp had hired a professional entertainment staff theatrical producer, Max Liebman. Out of this grew the professional theatrical productions that became the Tamiment Playhouse. The theater played its last season in 1960, when it was forced to close -- victim of changes in the resort industry, trends and tastes in popular entertainment, and the gradual demise of Camp Tamiment itself (which closed its doors in 1965).

Sources:

  • Martha LoMonaco. Every Week, A Broadway Review, the Tamiment Playhouse, 1921-1960(Greenwood Press, 1992)

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Scope and Content Note

About two-thirds of the images in this collection are of Tamiment Playhouse productions or production-related activities, including from Your Show of Shows, and  The Princess and the Pea, which later became the successful musical  Once Upon a Mattress. The remainder of the images consist of a series of pages of photographs from scrapbooks. These photographs focus on Camp Tamiment -- its facilities, staff, and campers, from the 1920s through 1941 -- rather than the Playhouse. Although the original scrapbooks have been disassembled for preservation purposes, researchers are able to see how they were arranged originally, by examining a set of photocopies made of the scrapbook pages, arranged in their original order. Many photographs were also produced as postcards by photographers Lewis "Snappy" Goren and Seymour Fischer. There are also images of Ben Josephson and Bertha Mailly, respectively director and founder of Camp Tamiment.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged chronologically within the chronological and scrapbook series; alphabetically within the topical and portrait series; there is no arrangement within the oversized series

The collection is organized into five series:

Missing Title

  1. I. Chronological
  2. II. Topical
  3. III. Portraits, Individuals
  4. IV. Scrapbooks
  5. V. Oversized

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Mailly, Bertha -- |v Portraits
  • Robbins, Jerome. -- |v Portraits
  • Shawn, Dick. -- |v Portraits
  • Simon, Neil. -- |v Portraits
  • Layton, Joe, 1931-
  • Liebman, Max L. -- Portraits.
  • Kaye, Danny -- Portraits.
  • Coca, Imogene--Portraits.
  • Burnett, Carol--Portraits.
  • Arthur, Beatrice
  • Josephson, Ben, 1895-1980 -- |v Portraits
  • Fischer, Seymour.
  • Allen, Woody -- |v Portraits
  • Alvarez, Anita
  • Goren, Lewis M.
  • Kolatch, Myron

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • Tamiment Playhouse -- |v Pictorial works
  • Camp Tamiment (Pa.) -- |v Pictorial works

Subject Topics

  • Summer theater -- Pennsylvania.

Subject Places

  • Bushkill (Pa.)
  • Summer resorts -- Pennsylvania.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2630.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Camp Tamiment Photographs (Photographs 155); Tamiment Playhouse Archives (Tamiment 107)

Separated Materials

Separated from the Tamiment Playhouse Records (TAM 107)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Myron Kolatch on behalf of the Tamiment Playhouse in 1983. The accession number associated with this collection are 1983.003, 1983.006, and NPA.2005.031.

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Container List

Series I: Chronological

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 1920s
1920s
Box: 1 Folder : 2 1930s
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 3 1934
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 4 1935
1935
Box: 1 Folder : 5 1935 - "Meet the Social Staff" Brochure
1935
Box: 1 Folder : 6 1936
1936
Box: 1 Folder : 7 1937
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 8 1938
1938
Box: 1 Folder : 9 1939
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 10 1939 - "Straw Hat Revue" Photos
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 11 1940s
1940s
Box: 1 Folder : 12 1940s?
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 13 1940
1940
Box: 1 Folder : 14 1941
1941
Box: 1 Folder : 15 1942
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 16 1943
1943
Box: 1 Folder : 17 1943 - "Wainer Lee (Director) - 1943 Season (gift of Rita Wainer)
1943
Box: 1 Folder : 18 1944
1944
Box: 1 Folder : 19 1945
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 20 1946
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 21 1947
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 22 1948
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 23 1948 - Cast/Crew Shot
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 24 1948 Group Photo (and I.D.)
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 25 1949
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 26 1949- "Admiral Broadway Revue" Photos
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 27 1950's
1950s
Box: 1 Folder : 28 1950's- Color Transparencies-2 Scenes
1950s
Box: 1 Folder : 29 1950's - Curtis String Quartet
1950s
Box: 1 Folder : 30 1950s headshots - identified
1950s
Box: 1 Folder : 31 1950s headshots - unidentified
1950s
Box: 1 Folder : 32 1950
1950
Box: 1 Folder : 33 1951
1951
Box: 1 Folder : 34 1952
1952
Box: 1 Folder : 35 1953
1953
Box: 1 Folder : 36 1954
1954
Box: 1 Folder : 37 1955
1955
Box: 1 Folder : 38 1956
1956
Box: 1 Folder : 39 1957
1957
Box: 1 Folder : 40 1958
1958
Box: 1 Folder : 41 1958 - "Princess and the Pea" photos
1958
Box: 1 Folder : 42 1959
1959
Box: 1 Folder : 43 1960's
1960s
Box: 1 Folder : 44 1960's - Constellation Room Entertainers
1960s
Box: 1 Folder : 45 1960
1960
Box: 1 Folder : 46 1961
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 47 1987 - Tamiment Resort in 1987 (7 snapshots with matching negatives)
1987

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Series II: Topical

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Concert Musicians; Quartets - Various Years
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Cross Country Revue/Liebman
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Playhouse
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 51 Television/Liebman - "Admiral Broadway"; "Your Show of Shows"
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 67-68 Group shots, contact sheets
1939, undated

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Series III: Portraits, Individuals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 52 Allen, Woody - portrait
1959
Box: 1 Folder : 53 Asch, Sholem (as guest)
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 54 Brody, Kaye, Coca, Fine (at piano)
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 55 Carroll, Pat
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 56 Green, Milton
1960
Box: Shared Tamiment 017 Folder : 12 Hack, Monroe "Mo", by Lewis Goren
1960
Box: 1 Folder : 57 Josephson, B.; Mrs. Mailly, etc. - Various
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 58 Kaye, Danny
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 59 Liebman, Max
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 60 Robbins, Jerome (Photos [photocopies] from Robbins Archive (personal))
undated

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Series IV: Scrapbooks, 1921-1941

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 61 Scrapbook G: 1921-1923
1921-1923
Box: 2 Folder : 62 Scrapbook H: 1927-1934
1927-1934
Box: 3 Folder : 63 Scrapbook I: 1929, 1931-1936
1929 , 1931-1936
Box: 3 Folder : 64 Scrapbook J: 1937-1938
1937-1938
Box: 4 Folder : 65 Scrapbook K: 1938
1938
Box: 4 Folder : 66 Scrapbook L: 1938-1941
1938-1941
Box: 5 Folder : 67 Scrapbook M: 1938-1939, 1941
1938-1939 , 1941
Box: 5 Folder : 68 Photocopies of scrapbooks G through M (in original order)
1921-1941

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Series V: Oversized

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 6 Mostly Tamiment Playhouse production stills and drawing of Tamiment Playhouse
1950, undated

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